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  • Mr_Chicken's Avatar
    10-19-2014, 06:29 PM
    nicely done! I think, as long as your mache is strong enough, just painting it with a solid coat of two of house paint should be enough of a seal.
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    10-16-2014, 08:55 AM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Sample Video from $50 Projector in Halloween Props
    Hey Wackychimp, that's correct. There's a how to video at www.chickenprops.com/p/tombstone.html that should make it clearer
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    10-14-2014, 05:21 PM
    This just in! I have TEN Sybil the Clairvoyant Kits (with or without crystal balls) ready to ship now by 3 day priority mail. Order this week and have her conjuring spirits for you before Halloween! Info here: www.chickenprops.com/p/sybil.html
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    10-13-2014, 05:55 PM
    This is great
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  • Corpsesnight's Avatar
    10-13-2014, 02:07 PM
    Just got this huge tree from the in laws
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    10-13-2014, 02:01 PM
    Here is the hour glass
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    10-11-2014, 10:30 AM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Static: My Mummy in Halloween Props
    Nice re-rework. Those projects are some of the most interesting ones. Nice to see your sculpting skills improve each time, too!
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    10-09-2014, 11:13 AM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Sample Video from $50 Projector in Halloween Props
    Nice! That looks great. Might have to get me one of those ;)
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    10-09-2014, 11:10 AM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Triggering Video in Halloween Props
    I've played with the HiRez system, and I can say that it works really well. I'd just go with that.
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    10-08-2014, 09:52 PM
    There is some awesome work on display here. Bravo. I love the attention to detail on the ship (and especially the way the red is handled), the design of the whole display... and the massager setup is genius! Awesome movement out of that!
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    10-08-2014, 09:45 PM
    That looks splendid. Clever idea. I think the larger round " cafe lights" draped between the branches would look best, but that's just me. Between the two posted, I think I prefer the rope lights for their color, but the Christmas lights for their design.
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  • 13mummy's Avatar
    10-07-2014, 10:27 AM
    I was looking at the werewolf rug. Good to know!!
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    10-07-2014, 07:56 AM
    Does anyone know if Grandin Road has big sales right before halloween or do they do 50% off after halloween?
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  • Mr_Chicken's Avatar
    10-06-2014, 03:59 PM
    Have you read this? Stuart knows what he's talking about: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-paint-foam-latex-appliances/ You can use PAX elsewhere, but you really don't want it on your eyes, so you can make a match with creme makeup or greasepaint. Note that it's also a major pain to get off. You can base the appliance in PAX to match your skin tone, then do the rest with other types of makeup.
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    10-06-2014, 08:35 AM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Static: 8ft skeleton non posable in Halloween Props
    I think I saw one at Lowe's this year. Didn't notice the price
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    10-06-2014, 08:29 AM
    This is rad. Nice concept.
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    10-06-2014, 08:26 AM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Pirate, Pirates, Pirates, ARRRR in Halloween Props
    This is some darned impressive work. I keep thinking of all the corners I would have cut if I were doing it for myself, but you're really making everything happen. Bravo. Your house looks really interesting, too, in the little glimpses we can see of the garage.
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    10-06-2014, 08:22 AM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Static: New Graveyard Monument in Halloween Props
    The lamp to urn conversion is quite clever. Nice work.
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    10-05-2014, 10:17 AM
    Thanks! Here he is! I decided what he really needed was a tattered cape as his costume. Sort of splits the difference between the two looks posted before. "Benny" will be on display (and available) at the October Shadows group art show at Creature Features in Burbank, CA from October 11-November 2: http://creaturefeatures.com
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    10-01-2014, 08:56 AM
    There's always the old classic: Joking skeletons by Mark Butler: http://www.markbsplace.net/SubPages/hall-joking-skellys.htm
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  • Mr_Chicken's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 08:57 PM
    Thanks for the kind words and input, all. I hope to see folks trying out these techniques! SpiderMonkey, yep. I do a half sheet of paper towel for each finger, and wrap it around the wire like a candy cane. I leave a few inches of wire from two of the fingers past the wrist, and wedge that into the pipe. I just hot glued it, but something like plumber's epoxy would be probably better.
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    09-30-2014, 05:10 PM
    You know what you need? Some Haunted Tombstone projection effects. Perfect last minute props, big bang for your buck. Yep. Oh, and they're on sale! This month only (Oct. 2014), the entire Haunted Tombstone Collection (the original tombstone, the second taller tombstone, and the two together in one video frame) are available as a single download for only $50! That's like 60% off! Holy spooks! Even if you have one or two already, this is waay cheaper than getting the rest individually....
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    09-30-2014, 11:47 AM
    Updates! Moving quickly on this guy to have him done before the weekend. Once the mache (which DevilsChariot has been calling "Chicken Mache" haha) was dry enough, I started dry brushing. Drybrushing, washes, and rubouts are awesome for getting "free detail" in your paint jobs. I took a little of the base color, and mixed it with white and yellow to get the drybrush color. Actually, I did about three or four variants on that color to keep things from getting too much the same all over. ...
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    09-30-2014, 09:44 AM
    Thanks folks! I've been corpsing this way since I redid my flour-and-water mache props in about 2008. Works great for vines and things, too. I think these guys were the first two to get the treatment You should all go read that Pumpkinrot post I linked to regarding pose. The idea that the figure is captured in the moment stopping to take a breath really works.
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    09-29-2014, 10:00 PM
    You'll notice the hands aren't attached when I begin corpsing. I find it's easier to do them when you can get all around, and since they're going to be all tangled up together, keeping them separate seemed the way to go. Then I lay him on his back to do the stomach and neck. If I did these standing up, the paper towels wouldn't drape as nicely. By the way, you probably noticed the head is already done. That was a little guy who peeped around the corner last year. I figured his...
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    09-29-2014, 09:54 PM
    Been a while since I made a regular Halloween prop, since I haven't had a haunt of my own for a few years. I recently got an opportunity to make something, so I decided to go back to my roots with a goofy zombie. I used to do plenty of groundbreakers, but I never got to do a full figure zombie in my style, so that's this week's project. I like to start with a sketch. I don't draw, but I can doodle! The armature is in my traditional style-- 3/4" PVC, X coupler at the shoulders, T at...
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    09-29-2014, 01:57 PM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Electronic/Software: 3axis eyes in Halloween Props
    An RGB LED is basically just three LEDs, so sure. You probably won't get the full range of color with this method, though.
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    09-28-2014, 09:18 PM
    Mr_Chicken replied to a thread Electronic/Software: 3axis eyes in Halloween Props
    You can connect the LEDs to the servo connections on the board. If you just go into the ground and "VS1", you'll have an LED that you can switch on and off by setting the channel to relay in VSA. I figured out a way to do some dimming a while back, too: The reason it takes two channels is that I couldn't make the PWM fade down all the way, so I had to make the GND on a relay channel to be able to get it all the way off. You'll probably need resistors.
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    09-27-2014, 02:26 PM
    Nicely done!
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  • 13mummy's Avatar
    09-25-2014, 07:21 AM
    I've been REAPED!! Thanks so much KeriMonster!! Here are all the goodies I got! She did an amazing job of wrapping everything. I didn't want to open because it looked so good!! I have a halloween tree, which is bigger then my xmas tree. So I'm very excited about these very cool ornaments.
    2110 replies | 72059 view(s)
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    Well, keep us posted..."inquiring minds want to know" and would love to see your goodies (the props I mean, not the ones betwixt your legs). LOL

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    I would be very interested in seeing the mechanics of the granny. I will post pictures of my progress. Thanks
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    Hi Davy,

    Naw, no string attached. Just looking to see what you make and if you were a Propaholic like me.


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    Hi Dav.

    Any prop pics to share with us??

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